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Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Actually very close to the books, and thrilling
I don't have much time, so I'm going to keep it short and sweet. Robert Downey Jr is incredible as Sherlock Holmes, and his accent perfect. Many say that he mumbles throughout this film, but personally I had no trouble understanding him. Jude Law was good as Watson, although not a patch on Downey. We've all heard about the "bromance" between the two of them, and it really does come across in the film that these are two guys who get along excellently. There is more chemistry between Law and Downey than there is between their characters relationships, such as Watson and his fiancé Mary as well as Holmes and Irene Adler (played by Rachel McAdams), The film itself is very funny, exciting and never drags. Many people have been saying that it is not a very faithful adaption to the original Arthur Conan Doyle book series. There are no deerstalkers, magnifying glasses, trench coats or utterings of "Elementary, my dear Watson". However, if you actually read the books you will notice that Sherlock was characterised by none of these, and that the previous movies which used this stereotype make Guy Ritchie's version the most faithful adaption yet.
It may be more for the Brits than their North American counterparts, appealing to the general British sense of humour lovers. Go see it - at all costs. Excellent.
Effective British horror
This movie was surprising decent and well worth a watch. However, rather than the Horror-Comedy it's been billed as being, I would say it's more of a teenage thriller with a couple of laughs and lots of gore. Yes, it is extremely gory, but a lack of suspense (one of my only criticisms) prevents it from being scary. Only one death, when Jason Banks (aka Jizzy Wanks) got two pencils pushed through his nostrils into his brain, actually made me wince. Despite a lack of actual frights, this movie is VERY gory. Expect buckets and buckets of blood, and a few detached body parts (heads, hands, "Little Al"..).
One of the best things about this movie is it's crazy talented and beautiful cast. Tuppence Middleton, Dimitri Leonidas and Alex Pettyfer stand out in particular. Tuppence is supreme as nerdy head girl and unaware accomplice to the bullying of Darren Mullett, the character who successfully manages to be both protagonist and antagonist. Dimitri is a great piece of casting as her popular boyfriend. However, if you had to choose the talent that shined the most, that would easily be Alex Pettyfer, proving that he is more than just a pretty face. He can only be described as flawless and perfect as arrogant bully Bradley. With the impeccable delivery of his lines, and the faultless manner he sneeringly intimidated his victims with, he is most certainly one to watch. With great direction from Jon Wright, excellent acting from the cast and a superb understanding of the bullying that happens in today's society, this movie has potential and is worth a see.